Sergio Perez is coming to Abu Dhabi as the latest F1 Grand Prix winner after a historic success in Sakhir. He is also one of the drivers on the grid who does not have a contract for 2021, but he already wants to make the most of his last moments with Racing Point.
“I’m starting to realise a little bit more,” said Pérez, who is already looking ahead to this weekend. “F1 is moving so fast. So we are now focusing on this weekend, to be able to secure third place in the championship with Racing Point.”
He explained that he had been congratulated by several team managers, including Helmut Marko, but they didn’t talk about the future: “I’ve had congratulations from almost all the managers, including Helmut, so it was nice.”
“What they said in public is correct, they will make the decision later, after this weekend. I don’t know what the decision will be but there is no urgency.
“It’s the end of the season, we’ve waited a long time and one or two weeks doesn’t make much difference.”
On Sunday evening, Pérez will therefore leave Racing Point, which will become the Aston Martin F1 Team next year. After seven seasons of working with Force India, which began in 2014, he is happy to finish on a high note.
He also believes that the team will continue to make progress and predicts a bright future together with Sebastian Vettel: “I am happy to leave the team in this way. Seb has made a good decision. He will certainly have a great success here”.
As for his future, Pérez is in the dark since Red Bull is not giving him any news and could be prolonging Alex Albon’s career. In any case, he hopes not to have finished with F1: “If I don’t find a place for 2021, I hope to come back in 2022. The motivation is there. I still have a lot of good years ahead of me”.
He believes that his recent victory won’t be decisive in his search for a seat, especially with Red Bull:
“I think that in F1, a race doesn’t change your life [unlike] what I’ve shown over the last ten years, having ups and downs but always coming back for good results”.
“This year in particular I missed two races because of Covid-19 in a short season. I had an engine problem while I had the podium in my pocket. There were some missed opportunities and we are still fourth in the drivers’ standings”.
“It was a great year, congratulations to the team because they gave me a very good car and I was able to show what I was capable of.
“I can say that I am at peace with myself. I am not in control, it is not in my hands. It’s something that annoys us as humans”.
“But if I have nothing in 2021, I’m determined to come back in 2022. This victory has given me peace, but also the appetite to start again.
“I want more in this sport, and once you have done it first, you can do it again. And I want to do it again many times over.”